Fashion magazines want you to know that September is an important month for commerce. The dog days of summer seem like a distant memory when autumn’s mood of transformation arrives, bringing with it those inch-thick editions of glossy fashion magazines that advise which kind of fringed boot will work for you this year. But don’t let the perfumed pages fool you: The several-hundred-page September issues of Vogue, Elle, In Style, and Harper’s Bazaar are the product of plenty of blood, sweat, and tears in the fashion publishing industry. At this Phillips After 5 event, hear what’s in store for fall from fashion experts and models. Read more >>> The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 387-2151. (Amrita Khalid)


City Tap House is going Belgian today with its “Mussels and Waffles and Beer, Oh My!” promotion from 11:30 a.m. to close. The draft lines will be filled with top Belgian brews for $8 to $12 per draft. The restaurant is also whipping up a variety of special waffle recipes including a tarragon and thyme waffle with foie gras hollandaise and figs as well as a chocolate waffle with peanut butter maple syrup and banana gelato. Waffle prices range from $16 to $18. City Tap House, 901 9th St. NW. (202) 733-5333. Sidman)


Journalist Hector Tobar discusses Deep Down Dark, his detailed chronicle of the rescue of the 33 men trapped in Chile’s San José Mine in 2010, at Busboys and Poets Takoma. 6:30 p.m. at 235 Carroll St. NW. Free.

Local hip-hop star Fat Trel takes the stage at the Howard Theatre in support of his latest album, Georgetown. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $15–$40.

The dynamic Puerto Rican musicians from Orquesta el Macabeo perform at Tropicalia with the Peace and Rhythm DJ Crew. Find more details on Facebook. 9 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10–$12.

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